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2-minute video: An eagle’s amazing skills

July 30, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

 An Amazing Raptor! An eagle, with a camera installed on its back, was released from the top of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, now the world’s tallest building (about half a mile high, approximately twice the height of the Empire State building), in order to search for its trainer, who was exactly ten blocks from the building. When the eagle spotted its coach, it plunged downwards for about a minute and a half and then landed on his arm.  Not only can you see some nice images of the city (and the curvature of the earth), but also you can get an […]

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How YOU can make more progress on issues YOU care about

April 1, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

We are always the underdogs in working for the issues we care about.   These FREE online workshops really can strengthen our skills and strategies so we can make truly significant progress on ALL of the issues you care about! Nonviolent grassroots organizing has been proven to be effective, but people – even experienced activists – could make much more progress by strengthening our skills.  This series of workshops (“Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing”) really can help! ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can STRENGTHEN OUR SKILLS and add resources to our “toolboxes” so we can […]

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PART 2 of “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World”

April 15, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The December 2018 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV program is PART 2 (following up on the November episode) of the topic, “Choose a Better Worldview to Build a Better World.”  The November program focused especially on problems with worldview that has been dominating the U.S., and the December program focuses more on solutions and how to achieve them. Cable TV subscribers in Thurston County WA can watch the December program on TCTV channel 22 three times a week all month long:  every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm. Links for […]

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AOC and Greta Thunberg had this fascinating conversation

July 2, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Two amazing and inspiring young women — U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate advocate — recently had a conversation.  Read what they said at the link after the short introductory information I wrote here: The source of the following link had this headline When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met Greta Thunberg: ‘Hope is contagious’ The article linked below has this sub-headline: “One is America’s youngest-ever congresswoman, the other a Swedish schoolgirl. Two of the most powerful voices on the climate speak for the first time.” I especially like this quotation from AOC: “[H]ope is not something that […]

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We need an “Animal Society for the Humane Treatment of People.”

April 23, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Various non-profit organizations bring people together to urge the humane treatment of animals. We also need to REVERSE that.   We need an “Animal Society for the Humane Treatment of People.”   Animals don’t discriminate. A dog will sniff any dog’s butt, regardless of what color the dog’s fur, whether it’s short-haired or fluffy, etc. Dogs and other animals should teach people how to treat other people humanely.      

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Anti-abortion laws oppress women. Now put the shoe on the other foot?

February 6, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

In recent years the U.S. government has restricted abortion rights, especially related to our international aid programs. Within the U.S., states have passed more than 400 restrictions to reduce abortion access and rights since 2010.  (Source:  Page 56 of The American Prospect’s Winter 2019 issue.)  See www.prospect.org for a very informative article on pages 56-60. Some states that severely restrict abortion are inadvertently CAUSING UNWANTED PREGNANCIES by failing to provide accurate sex education courses in schools.  Then when pregnancies occur, the women are denied a reasonable remedy.  This seems counter-productive.  Why don’t we REQUIRE that EVERY school provide ACCURATE sex […]

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Gain insights and solve problems by seeing entire systems, not immediate assumptions.

May 2, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

People tend to make the assumptions that are easy.  But we gain fresher insights and solve problems better when we see the entire SYSTEMS, not only the immediately observable facts. Here is an example that I learned decades ago and still think of often.  It illustrates how to improve functioning by seeing the whole SYSTEM, not simply making the easiest assumption. Decades ago some offices employed Data Entry Operators to type data (names, addresses, other words, dollar amounts, code numbers, etc.) from paper forms into computer systems.  These were high-speed operations that needed fast, accurate typing. It was crucial that […]

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April 30 to May 6, 2018 is SCREEN-FREE WEEK

April 28, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

Every year in late April or early May people — ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE — are urged to get away from screens and do activities during “SCREEN-FREE WEEK.”  Life is much more than addiction to screens.  Get outside!  Enjoy nature!  Connect face-to-face with people!  Read books!  Work in the yard or garden!  Do volunteer work!  Live!  Say no to persistent commercialism and distraction and superficiality! Information:  www.screenfree.org Information:  www.commercialfreechildhood.org  There are Screen-Free Week events all around the world, at libraries, schools, and museums, like the Original Children’s Playhouse Museum in Frederick, MD, which is partnering with 7 elementary schools to help […]

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Here is how to link nuclear weapons with other hot issues

April 23, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

We are committed to vigorous grassroots organizing to abolish nuclear weapons. A smart strategy is to link this issue to other hot issues that people care about. I wrote – and am attaching – 3 flyers that accomplish this.  See these 3 links: Stop gun violence — Stop nuclear weapons Climate crisis and nuclear weapons are two existential threats.docx Many scientists oppose nuclear weapons We could replicate this kind of strategy for other issues we are working on. I printed hundreds of copies and handed out (and recruited some other volunteers to hand out) a great many copies of the […]

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Protecting science from corruption is URGENT and CRUCIAL

April 9, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

A huge number of scientists wrote a powerful statement in 2017 explaining how “Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course.”  They strengthened the statement in 2018 and now 20,000 scientists signed on to this “Warning to Humanity.”  This is yet one more reason why we need honest science to drive public policy.  Read the “Warning to Humanity” article at https://www.ecowatch.com/warning-to-humanity-scientists-2544973158.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=aaad04f9dd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-aaad04f9dd-85369701 Republicans’ partisan bias against science and reality:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/3/29/1752981/-Lies-have-a-conservative-bias-Republicans-up-their-war-on-science?detail=emaildkre The government needs good, honest science in order to devise smart public policy. However, the agencies under Trump have been slashing the numbers of competent scientists, failing to consider […]

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What vehicles’ “How’s my driving?” signs REALLY mean

January 12, 2018 GlenAnderson 0

I keep seeing various businesses’ cars and trucks with a sign on the back, asking “How’s my driving?”  They provide a phone number for people to call in order to report bad driving. This reflects badly on those businesses in 2 ways: 1.  It shows that the company does NOT trust its employees to drive safely, so it calls upon the general public to monitor their behavior. 2.  It shows that the company makes bad hiring decisions. If they hire people who are not competent as drivers, in what other ways are their employees not competent? Both of these are […]

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TV: “Consequences of Denying Hard Realities”

December 2, 2017 GlenAnderson 0

In our world — and in our nation — many hard realities exist.  But too often, people try to avoid dealing with them.  Denial is rampant.  Denying hard realities means we fail to solve the problems.  It also causes psychological and even spiritual problems. This is the topic of Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s April 2013 TV interview. Three wise, insightful guests explore the topic: John Van Eenwyk is an Episcopal priest, a Ph.D. clinical psychologist, and Clinical Director of the International Trauma Treatment Program. He has special insights and skills to help people deal with severe trauma, such as war […]